The next halt for SECAS II in Madhya Pradesh was Habibganj. It was welcomed by Shri R. Sreenivasa Murthy, I.F.S., Member Secretary/APCCF, M. P. State Biodiversity Board along with several other officials. Shri R. Sreenivasa Murthy also gave a special talk on ‘Effective Communication’, which was very informative for the on-board team. Shri Mohd. Irfan Ahmed and Shri Nagesh Namjoshi, Members, Passenger Amenities Committee, Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India, and Shri Shaubhan Choudhury, DRM, Bhopal, visited SECAS II, and acknowledged the efforts of the on-board team.
SECAS II was scheduled for three day halt at Habibganj. Due to heavy rains the number of students and general visitors was comparatively less. Altogether, in three days, over 14,000 visitors including around 4,500 students from 65 educational institutions visited SECAS II.
Amongst the complementary activities, JOS Lab and Kids Zone registered good participation. However, owing to heavy rainfall, the team could not conduct the Platform Activity. On the last day of the halt at Habibganj, SECAS II team conducted a Teachers orientation session for a group of teachers. The team held a discussion with the participating teachers on ‘Pedagogy and Cognition Parameters’ followed by a hands-on session on science based models which can be made using simple materials for easy and fun-filled classroom teaching. The team also conducted a session on Vedic Maths.
At Habibganj, Dr. Bitapi Sinha, Senior Scientist from the Wildlife Institute of India, along with her team visited the train for preparing the audio-visual virtual tour of SECAS. They were helped by the on-board team in compilation of the script for each coach of SECAS.
On the last day of the halt, Shri R. Sreenivasa Murthy, visited the train and gifted a copy of ‘INDICA- A Deep Natural History of Indian Subcontinent’ for the on-board library of SECAS. He also bestowed a copy of the book to the science communicators and staff of SECAS II, as a token of appreciation.
SECAS II team received voluntary support from Madhya Pradesh State ENVIS Centre at Disaster Management Institute, Bhopal, in coordination of their activities at Habibganj.
At Habibganj, SECAS II crossed 13 lakh general visitors mark in the current phase of its journey and Science Express cumulative of all its phases (Phase I - IX) crossed 17.7 million visitors mark.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Habibganj came to an end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Bina in Madhya Pradesh.